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Law & Crime
5:13 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

New Public Safety Laws Pertain to DNA Collection, Sexual Violence

Among the new state public safety laws that have taken effect are those that get tougher on sexual violence and other sex crimes – as well as laws that pertain to DNA collection, alcohol and drug abuse, and licensed day care centers. 

Virginia now imposes new felony charges for commercial sex traffickers. Colleges and universities have new reporting requirements for sexual assaults on campus. And as a result of several recent tragedies, a law sponsored by Senator Mark Obenshain now requires the collection of DNA from those convicted of criminal misdemeanors.

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Arts & Culture
4:53 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

A Charlottesville Summer Camp Fit for Hollywood

For most kids, summer camp means hiking, swimming, cooking over an open fire, and sleeping under the stars – or at least under the roof of a cabin. For a few, however, camp could be a ticket to Hollywood.

On a hot afternoon, when their friends might be swimming or hiding in their airconditioned homes, a dozen young people have gathered in the living room of a location to begin work on their first film of the summer. For about 300 kids between the ages of 8 and 18, camp means making movies.

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Environment
10:03 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Chubby the River Chubb Takes His Place in Blacksburg's 4th of July Parade

A male River Chubb in mating season grows tubercles on his forehead, which he uses to dig up the ground to prepare his spawning mound.

This Saturday a new icon will join the tradition in a forth of July parade. Along with the birthday cakes for America and various incarnations of things red, white and blue, will be a little known character, who symbolizes protection of rivers and streams in Virginia and beyond.

Shannon Ritter has a huge fish in her garage.

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Education
4:00 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Lawmakers Take Financial Higher Education Tour

Many aspiring college students take time each summer to visit different schools or to take part in orientation at the campus where they’ll study in the fall, but a much older group of visitors has been touring universities in Virginia.

Virginia Commonwealth University is less than a mile from the state capitol, but 22 members of the House Appropriations committee recently took a bus ride across campus to complete a statewide listening tour focused on higher education. Here’s committee vice chair Steve Landes.

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Government & Politics
5:14 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

New Workforce Laws Take Effect Today

A whole batch of new laws that are taking effect this week could lead to more job opportunities for Virginians—particularly those who don’t have or are not pursuing a four-year degree. Many reflect Governor McAuliffe's ambitious goal of training the Commonwealth’s workforce and awarding more than half a million credentials within the next 15 years. 

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